First National Santa Fe Hires Maria Sturges As Vice President – Senior Trust Officer

Maria Sturges


SANTA FE – First National Santa Fe’s Wealth Management Group announced that Maria Sturges has been appointed Vice President – Senior Trust Officer.

Sturges has more than 20 years of trust and estate planning experience. She will be responsible for the administration and management of trusts, estate, agency and conservatorship accounts.

“We are thrilled to welcome Maria to First National Santa Fe,” said Bill Zaleski, senior managing director and chief fiduciary officer. “She has a tremendous breadth and depth of expertise working with trust clients. She will serve our clients well. First National Santa Fe has provided trust and financial advisement for generations. Maria’s hiring continues our legacy and commitment to preserve, protect and build our clients’ wealth.”

Sturges obtained her CTFA (Certified Trust and Financial Advisor) designation in 2005. She is a graduate of the ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University and the Cannon Trust School. She recently moved to the Santa Fe area from Stamford, Conn. There, she was a board member and vice chair of the Stamford Senior Center and a volunteer at the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. In addition, she was a member of the Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County.

About First National Santa Fe

As the first bank in the Southwest, the Bank’s charter represents a rich heritage of community commitment and financial strength and stability dating back to 1870. With $1.7 billion in assets (as of December 31, 2014), First National is the largest locally-chartered banking organization in the state of New Mexico operating First National Rio Grande and First National Santa Fe. In Colorado, the Bank operates as First National Denver. The Bank offers a broad-range of commercial banking and lending solutions, Treasury Management services and Private Banking and Wealth Management services. First National has twenty-five branch locations in New Mexico and Colorado, a corridor of economic growth that is critical to the success and future of the Southwest. For more information, visit the Bank’s website at